SUBJ: The grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ correcting the unbelief of Thomas and the manner of recognition
that comes to those who believe as did Thomas.
AIM: That we might be found in such
a way as to be “not faithless, but believing.”
INTR: In His revelation to Mary
Magdalene, our Lord had declared Himself thusly: “I ascend unto my
Father and your Father; and to my God and your God.” He would now
confirm a pattern of recognition of His own deity in the testimony of a
1. There are certain essentials to true faith and
the deity of Christ is one that heads the list.
2. We have noted the
difficulty experienced by all the disciples to believe that He had risen
and to understand how all these things connected to bring Kingdom
3. While we often think of this incident only in terms of
the doubting of Thomas, it in dealing with him that the Lord elicits the
true concept of faith in Himself as Lord and God.
THESIS: The evidence which convinced
Thomas is the same evidence which true faith brings to bear in receiving
all the facts of the death burial and resurrection of Christ along with
the realization that He is both Lord and Christ and that He is God
manifest in the flesh – salvation personified.
I. The adamant
unbelief of Thomas (vv. 24-25)
1. His identity as one of the original
twelve confirmed that he had witnesses all that the others had seen and
experienced in His presence which included the prediction of the recent
1) Specifically identified as Thomas called Didymus (the
2) It has been suggested that he might have been a twin
brother of one of the others??
2. His absence at the appearance on
Resurrection day is a subject of much speculation as to why, the effect,
and the application to opportunities for grace missed.
suggest that he was at fault for being absent
2) The Scripture is
silent concerning these things and we will be likewise!
3. What is
significant here is that he strongly rejects the testimony of the
1) His conditions are rigid and reinforced with “Except I
shall see and …”
2) His statement is clear. It was not that he said
“I do not believe;” it is rather he said “I will not believe.” SO MUCH
4. He would endure another week in doubt and unbelief
II. The confrontation with Thomas (vv. 26-28)
The disciples were again gathered behind closed doors; it was probably
for the same reason.
2. Thomas was present this time as the Lord
appeared in much the same way as before with some notable differences.
1) Before we read that He showed them His hands and His side
in an act of gracious condescension and challenge He invites Thomas to
do as he had demanded in his rejection.
i. Again, we note, and Thomas
knew of His omniscience.
ii. There is no doubt that Thomas further
knew and was convicted by the insight that the Lord had into His heart –
a sense lost on the part of many in this day among believers and
non-believers as well.
3. We are not told whether he actually did as
our Lord invited – Jesus made reference to him seeing and believing.
4. The directive is to a life of faith – “be not faithless…”
revelation to Thomas was profound and life shaking – Some insist that
this came in conjunction with full obedience to the command of Christ:
1) We can only imagine the touching of those Sacred Wounds and
What might have gone through his mind as he touched Him in that way?
6. What is certain is that Thomas now knew that Jesus was both His Lord
and His God and so must we see Him in that way.
III. The rebuke
of Thomas and the commendation of faith (v. 29)
1. “Because you have
1) It was in fact true faith and accredited by our Lord
2) The traditional account of his life takes him to India where he was
martyred about 72 AD
2. Make no mistake the experience of Thomas is
reproduced in all who come to Christ. They are compelled to behold the
wounds of Christ and see them more accurately than did Thomas.
do well to often contemplate these precious tokens of redemption;
And we do well to bear witness of them to all who will hear and know of
the necessity of all aspects of the Gospel.
IV. The Apostle’s
reason of the things included here (vv. 30-31)
1. While all the signs
of our Lord are considered and the reference to the vast number of
things not included is important, he seems to lay particular emphasis on
the things most recently mentioned and perhaps to other
2. But the intent is that we believe, as did
Thomas that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…” and that salvation is
believing and having life through His Name!